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Feinstein Invokes Nazis Concerning Unaccompanied Minors on Border

By on 7.10.14 | 11:51AM

I just read where Senator Dianne Feinstein has likened deporting the unaccompanied children at the U.S.-Mexican border to deporting Jews back to Nazi Germany. (H/T Andrew Johnson at NRO). To be precise, the California Democrat argues that deporting the children would be akin to turning away "boatloads of Jewish immigrants trying to come to this country during Nazi Germany and getting turned back."

When Jews were turned away from this nation and others during WWII, they faced either death or a place in a concentration camp. The same simply cannot be said for these children. It is true that murder is rampant in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala and their governments are ill-equipped and corrupt to do anything about it. However incompetent and corrupt these governments might be, they aren't engaging in genocide. Returning these children to their country of origin isn't the equivalent of the U.S. Coast Guard preventing the S.S. St. Louis from landing in Florida

If Feinstein believes this country should admit these children then she is entitled to that view. But invoking the Nazis simply isn't helpful and, frankly, as a fellow Jew, Feinstein should know better than to make such comments so casually.

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